South Carolina College Tour

Written By Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner

Like a good consultant, I love an organized college tour.  Put me on a bus, feed me periodically, and marinate me in college knowledge. But this tour was unique, with equal amounts of knowledge procured on the bus as off.

I am presently on a four-day South Carolina College Tour with special attention to Learning Difference Support.  Hop on the bus and join me!

Day One consisted of visiting Limestone College, a small, maximum-support LD college of 800 undergrads, offering their PALS program to on average 17 incoming students per year. Limestone offers academic coaching and an array of support options and accommodations.  Boasting several NCAA champions and fully 50% of students are competing athletes, Limestone, though located in the removed destination, offers easy access to the surrounding cities of Greenville and Spartanburg for a variety of social outlets. Sports Medicine, Business and Education are popular majors for Limestone students. Non-traditional learners, an extended campus in Columbia, and an online program comprise Limestone’s academic outreach to the community. B/C students welcome.

Located in Spartanburg, SC, Wofford (pronounced Wah-ford) is a small, liberal arts college of 1500 students, with an average class size of 19. 95% of faculty members hold PhDs. There are no TAs as there is no graduate school. It is known for its Biology major.  History, English and Foreign Language are very popular at Wofford. So are their Division One athletics. They offer an interim program for a month in January, during which you take one three-credit hour class.  Many students travel abroad during this interim. Between the Center for Professional Excellence (their career counseling office run by an ex-exec.) the Senior Village (residences), and the fraternity houses, not to mention the city of Spartanburg, students report being extremely happy and busy at Wofford.  For LD students, self-advocating minimal support seekers need only apply. But the 1260 SAT average is telling about the rigor. About 50% percent of students come from out of state, but mostly from the surrounding states of NC and GA. Minus books, Wofford’s bottom line? $45,565.

Greeted by the Botanical Gardens to our left, we follow the orange paw-printed path to Clemson University. Red brick appeared de rigour on this sprawling, though walkable campus. My tour guide had been crowned Miss Clemson the evening prior.  While a mere 30% are from out of state, (as Clemson is a state school lest we forget) between the wait list, which ensures a January admit, and the Bridges Program which offers admission to those willing to attend a year of Community College nearby the campus, there is not a vast amount of rejection (except from the very nursing program which is top notch and only accepts 30 aspiring nurses per year). Clemson, like any other big state school, provides services for very strong self advocates, much of the support is coming from the student support that is available to the rest of the student body.

Come back for the rest of the tour on Friday!

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